Nux MOD CORE
Nux: New EFX MOD CORE Digital Modulation and Tremolo
We came across Nux (New EFX) purley by chance as the factory is on the same industrial estate as the iFusion® Factory and during a hospitality day, we were all given CORE pedals.
Given that we were more famililiar with Boutique and BOSS® pedals, were surprised at the ruggedness and general build quality of the casing. On plugging them in, we had a similarly favourable reaction so commission a local gigging luthier to put them through their paces. Here is his summary of findings followed by his write-up on the Nux MOD CORE:
The NUX range of stomp boxes show a few unique and tasty features not usually seen in the average mass-produced pedal. The standout feature, which is common to the entire range of pedals, is the Tone Lock function. Using a micro switch (which also doubles as a switch for other features individual to each effect) you can digitally save the settings you've dialed in for the perfect sound. The switch can then be used to restore these settings regardless of whether the pedal's knobs have been adjusted or, say, nudged out of place during that epic solo moment at the front of the stage. These pedals are all, with the exception of the Drive Core, DSP-based effects meaning they have ADA converters and high quality microchips inside. This gives us access to much higher quality effects at this price point because it's software design, not component quality, that is dominating the effect. Another nice addition is stereo inputs and outputs on the majority of pedals, giving you lots of options to get creative with your setup and achieve some very interesting sounds. The stereo outputs will usually give you dry and wet signals but some features, such as the stereo delay, will offer something more, like a ping-pong delay. The stereo inputs allow you to connect signal with stereo output such as that from a keyboard/synthesizer or, say, an effects pedal with stereo outputs. The entire range of pedals is housed in sturdy die-cast metal enclosures finished very handsomely in a range of bold colours. Paintwork is consistent, fit and finish is tidy and a handy pop-out cover is included to save time with a screwdriver when changing batteries.
The Mod Core contains several modulation effects including chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, vibrato and some special cabinet modelling as well. A rotary switch lets you select which effect is activated, and there are universal rate and depth controls. A "tweak" knob adjusts each effect in different ways: the wet/dry mix of the chorus, the feedback in the phaser, width of stereo pan etc. The cabinet modelling includes a rotary speaker simulation and a stereo pan, both of which will add a three-dimensional character to your sound. Also included is a u-vibe function which simulates a foot-controlled phaser by adding irregular undulations to the normal effect. The standard effects in this unit work well and provide everything you'd expect of them, although obviously you can only use one at a time. The vibrato function especially was very enjoyable and some fun and crazy sounds could be dialled in as well. The Tone Lock switch selects between standard and deluxe modes, providing a subtle variation in the overall sound of the pedal - the deluxe setting retains more clarity and stays cleaner than the normal mode.
- 8 Modulation effects.
- True stereo signal processing.
- Tone Lock function and one preset save/recall.
- New generation 32-bit DSP, high performance 24-bit
- 44.1 kHz AD/DA convert.
- Input/output Sensing circuit select optimized routing automatically.
- True bypass.
- Runs on battery and AC power
- Effect types: 8 modeling modulation models
- Presets:1 storable user preset
- Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
- A/D converter: 24-bit
- Signal Processing:32-bit
- Frequency response:20Hz-20kHz ±1dB
- THD+N: 93dBu (<0.003%) A-Weighting
- Dynamic Range:100dB
- OUTPUT:-10dBV (Output load impedance of 10kΩor more)
- Power:9V DC (9V Battery, ACD-007A Adapter)
- Dimensions: 122(L) x 72(W) x 47(H)mm
How It Sounds